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Election and Democracy
Ireland
Voter turnout in the national election65.1% (June 2019 or latest)
[21/36countries]
% of those who are proud of their country in the way democracy works57.2% (2013)
[13/26countries]
Politician
Ireland
Number of total seats in the Parliament218 (2017)
[21/36countries]
Number of total seats in the Parliament per 1 million population45.67 (2017)
[7/36countries]
Number of seats in the House of Representatives158 (2017)
[23/36countries]
Number of seats in the House of Representatives per 1 million population33.10 (2017)
[9/36countries]
% of seats held by women in national parliaments22.2% (2017)
[25/36countries]
Women in ministerial positions (% of all ministers)26.7% (2017)
[18/35countries]
Political party and organization
Ireland
Parliament
Ireland
% of those who have confidence in parliament48.5% (2008)
[19/30countries]
Political awareness
Ireland
Political action
Ireland
Government
Ireland
% of respondents reporting high levels of trust in national government 33.3% (2010)
[23/34countries]
Public officials
Ireland
% of central government employees aged 55 years or older26.7% (2015)
[10/31countries]
Public finance
Ireland
General government expenditure, % of GDP29.5% (2015)
[34/35countries]
General government revenue, % of GDP27.6% (2015)
[34/35countries]
General government fiscal balance, % of GDP-2.0% (2015)
[19/36countries]
General government gross debt, % of GDP91.5% (2015)
[14/35countries]
General government financial net worth (% of GDP)-59.4% (2015)
[23/33countries]
General government expenditures for Defence, as % of total budget1.14% (2016)
[30/32countries]
General government expenditures for Public order and safety, as % of total budget3.79% (2016)
[21/32countries]
General government expenditures for economic affairs, as % of total budget8.49% (2016)
[23/32countries]
General government expenditures for Environment protection, as % of total budget1.24% (2016)
[23/32countries]
General government expenditures for Housing and community amenities, as % of total budget1.97% (2016)
[4/32countries]
General government expenditures for Health, as % of total budget19.18% (2016)
[4/32countries]
General government expenditures for Recreation, culture and religion, as % of total budget2.02% (2016)
[25/32countries]
General government expenditures for Education, as % of total budget12.14% (2016)
[15/32countries]
General government expenditures for Social protection, as % of total budget36.45% (2016)
[20/32countries]
General government expenditures for Defence, as % of GDP0.31% (2016)
[31/32countries]
General government expenditures for Public order and safety, as % of GDP1.03% (2016)
[30/32countries]
General government expenditures for economic affairs, as % of GDP2.32% (2016)
[31/32countries]
General government expenditures for Environment protection, as % of GDP0.34% (2016)
[28/32countries]
General government expenditures for Housing and community amenities, as % of GDP0.54% (2016)
[14/32countries]
General government expenditures for Health, as % of GDP5.23% (2016)
[22/32countries]
General government expenditures for Recreation, culture and religion, as % of GDP0.55% (2016)
[29/32countries]
General government expenditures for Education, as % of GDP3.31% (2016)
[32/32countries]
General government expenditures for Social protection, as % of GDP9.94% (2016)
[28/32countries]
Tax
Ireland
Value Added Tax/ General Sales Tax - Rates23.0% (2015)
[7/33countries]
Corporate income tax rate (central + sub-central)12.50% (2018)
[35/36countries]
Ease of paying taxes (world rank)5 (2016)
[1/36countries]
Profit tax (% of proft)11.9% (2010)
[25/36countries]
Labor tax and contributions (% of proft)11.6% (2010)
[30/36countries]
Total tax rate (% of proft)26.5% (2010)
[34/36countries]
Social security
Ireland
Public social expenditure (% of GDP)20.2% (2013)
[20/34countries]
% of those who are proud of their country in its social security system43.4% (2013)
[15/26countries]
% of those who think "government agencies should primarily provide help in everyday life for elderly people25.1% (2012)
[20/27countries]
% of those who think that the government/public funds should primarily cover the costs of the help to elderly people51.1% (2012)
[21/27countries]
Maternal leave benefits (% of wages)80 (2009)
[22/34countries]
% of those who think that 1-6 months of paid parental leave is necessary 32.3% (2012)
[13/27countries]
% of those who think that 7-12 months of paid parental leave is necessary 28.5% (2012)
[17/27countries]
% of those who think that 13-36 months of paid parental leave is necessary 7.1% (2012)
[18/27countries]
% of those who think that the government should pay for parental leave25.4% (2012)
[24/27countries]
% of those who think that the employer should pay for parental leave4.0% (2012)
[18/27countries]
% of those who think that both the government and the employer should pay for parental leave69.4% (2012)
[1/27countries]
% of those who think the employers should primarily cover the costs of childcare for children under school age2.8% (2012)
[8/27countries]
% of those who think the family itself should primarily cover the costs of childcare for children under school age61.3% (2012)
[8/27countries]
% of those who think the government/public funds should primarily cover the costs of childcare for children under school age35.8% (2012)
[20/27countries]
% of those who think government agencies should primarily provide childcare for children under school age18.0% (2012)
[17/27countries]
Law and Justice
Ireland
% of respondents reporting high levels of trust in judicial system and courts64.0% (2010)
[8/34countries]
% of those who have confidence in the justice system (5 choices)64.4% (2008)
[19/30countries]